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MKT1012 : Academic and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elaine Tan
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to assist students in the transition into Higher Education in order to improve and enhance their academic skills and personal effectiveness as independent learners. The module will provide students with a clear understanding of the expectations of learning in higher education and effective skills to approach assessment. The module also aims to improve and enhance employability.

Outline Of Syllabus

Transition to HE, Academic Reading, Critical Thinking and Analysis, Academic Writing,Referencing, Finding and Managing Information, Assessment Types, Digital Literacy, Employability.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00PiP whole cohort lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00PIP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to be completed in that week)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities60:303:00Pre recorded lecture or online learning materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP Seminars - small group seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Online contact time
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Relevant theory will be introduced during the lecture and online learning materials and a range of skills will be practiced through individual and group activities.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log1M25Personal Development Plan
Computer assessment1M25Online assessment to find and summarise information (note taking and comprehension)
Written exercise1M25Online referencing and essay writing assessment.
Computer assessment1M25Online introduction to statistics test
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MOnline Referencing Test
PC Examination1MOnline tests to check learning and develop skills.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will undertake 4 assessments throughout the module focussing on different aspects covered.

The assessments will support their ability to understand the fundamentals of academic reading, writing and comprehension, to support their emerging understanding of statistical analysis required of the discipline and to support their engagement and personal development whilst at university.

Assessment 1: Short online assessment to find and summarise information (note taking and comprehension) (25%)
Assessment 2: Online Referencing and Essay Writing assessment (25%)
Assessment 3: Online Introduction to Statistics Test (25%)
Assessment 4: Personal Development Plan (25%)

Reading Lists